LAIE, Hawaii (Oct. 31, 2013) – The No. 4 BYU-Hawaii women's volleyball team took down Dominican in three sets (25-15, 25-15, 25-19) on Thursday night in Laie.
BYU-Hawaii (19-1, 14-1) was able to pull away in each set down the stretch en route to its 13th win in a row. Shih Ting (Stella) Chen posted 16 kills and 14 digs while Erh Fang (Ariel) Hsu punched in seven kills, Huafa Saulala and Ying Chun (Michelle) Chen added six kills apiece.
The first set was controlled by the Seasiders. An early 7-1 lead put the home team in the driver's seat early. The Penguins made a comeback to trim the lead to 11-9 but BYU-Hawaii answered right back to push the lead back to 19-12 and then cruised to a 25-15 win.
The Seasiders and Dominican were in a close battle in the second set with the Penguins holding an 8-7 lead at the start. Tied 11-11, Stella Chen strung together three straight kills to make it 14-11 and BYU-Hawaii never looked back. The Seasiders ran away with it down the stretch for a 25-15 victory in the second set.
Dominican wasn't going away quietly putting up a fight in the third set. BYU-Hawaii and the Penguins sat in a 15-15 tie before the Seasiders were able to start to pull away. Back-to-back kills from Michelle Chen gave the home team some separation and the Seasiders put Dominican away with a 25-19 win to take the match 3-0.
BYU-Hawaii hosts Holy Names on Friday at 7:30 p.m. in the Cannon Activities Center. The match will be televised live on BYUtv.